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Loading up the ship and setting sail

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Hello! The weather got much better and we were able to load the ship with all of our gear. This is the RV Point Sur. It is a 136 foot ship that originally sailed in the Pacific Ocean for Moss Landing Laboratory but was recently purchased by the University of Southern Mississippi and now sails in the Gulf of Mexico. We use this ship because it has a lot of cable that conducts electricity to communicate with our fishing gear in very deep waters. Below is a picture of me standing on the frame of our fishing gear, a 10-meter MOCNESS (Multiple Opening/Closing Net and Environmental Sensing System). Right now all you can see is the frame because we put the nets on while we're at sea. I'll post more pictures later so that you can see it all put together.

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We also had to use a forklift to unload the acoustic transducer which is an instrument that uses sound to detect layers of organisms in the water column. You will see some pictures of this in a later post.

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We departed early on Saturday morning and it took about 18 hours to get to our first station. We've been able to collect some environmental data from the water but due to technical difficulties we have not been able to deploy the MOCNESS yet. I will be sure to take some pictures and post again later today or early tomorrow to show you what we collect!

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  • Guest
    Hannah Monday, 02 May 2016

    I think it'd be so cool to go on an adventure like you are. How did you react when you found out you had such a great opportunity?

    -Hannah from Cutler Bay Middle School

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    Flat Stanley Thursday, 05 May 2016

    Hi Hannah,

    I was very excited when I found out that I would be going on this adventure! I have seen so many neat looking animals with really weird adaptations! I have also realized that the ocean is constantly moving and so is the ship! We have to secure everything with bungee cords and always have one hand on the ship so that you don't fall down. It has been fun. Thank you for following us out here!

    Flat Stanley

  • Flat Stanley
    Flat Stanley Thursday, 05 May 2016

    Hi Hannah,

    I was very excited when I found out that I would be going on this adventure! I have seen so many neat looking animals with really weird adaptations! I have also realized that the ocean is constantly moving and so is the ship! We have to secure everything with bungee cords and always have one hand on the ship so that you don't fall down. It has been fun. Thank you for following us out here!

    Flat Stanley

  • Guest
    danjuma robinson Monday, 02 May 2016

    how is life there at sea i am student from cutler bay middle

  • Guest
    Jazmin Flores Monday, 02 May 2016

    Hi, This is jazmin I am a an 8th grade coast student at cutler bay middle, this looks really cool like a fun adventure I would love to be in some day.

  • Guest
    Jackeline Fierro Monday, 02 May 2016

    Please write more. Very interesting

    -Jackie from crms

  • Guest
    Alycia Walker Monday, 02 May 2016

    This is very interesting to know about. It would be cool if you could post more pictures. Also, I'm writing this from Cutler bay middle.

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    Joseph Labriola Monday, 02 May 2016

    This is very interesting all of the tools heped with your trip and the data can tell a lot about our ocean.

  • Guest
    Katie Delgado Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    I hope one day I'll be able to go on such a cool trip! Please post more pictures and write more.
    Katie from Cutler Bay Middle School

  • Flat Stanley
    Flat Stanley Thursday, 05 May 2016

    Hi Katie,

    It is a lot of fun to be at sea! The internet relies on satellites which can be in the wrong position at times so we cannot post as often as we would like to but I will try my best to get you guys more pictures. After we get back I'll also post them to the gallery on deependconsortium.org. Thank you for following us out here!

    Flat Stanley

  • Guest
    william flynn at cutler bay middle school Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    I think this is so fun. I would love to go on an adventure like that !! :D

  • Guest
    Jose Scheurer Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    It was unfortunate that the MOCNESS had technical difficulties and how the weather. Though other than that it all sounds so fun

  • Guest
    Anais Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    Add more pictures of it

  • Guest
    Katie and Crystal Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    Just because this is awsome we are going to comment alot!;)
    - Katie and Crystal from Cutler Bay Middle

  • Guest
    Connor Callahan Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    This Is so cool I support this hole event

  • Guest
    Jennifer Rodriguez Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    Hi flat Stanley BTW your awesome

  • Guest
    Crystal Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    Omg this seem so amazing i hope your haveing a good day! Have fun on sea and dont throw up!
    - Crystal from CBMS

  • Guest
    Julie erreguin Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    This is awesome! I love it I would like to do something as cool as this.post more pictures.
    -Julie from cutler bay middle

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    Gabriella garcia Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    There is a lot of interesting tools that you can use in the ocean.Also I am in coast 6 grade from Cutler bay middle school.

  • Guest
    Tyler wiggan Tuesday, 03 May 2016

    Hi it's Tyler coast student
    Just wanted to know the weather

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